Nicolas Yoroï




Ingenious Ropes








Nicolas Yoroï’s approach to Kinbaku employs a profound intimacy to delve into the essence of lived experience and what it means to be human. His focus revolves around the emotional exchange that occurs exclusively between the person being tied and the person tying, respecting the sovereignty of both.

Nicolas has practiced Aikido since 1997 and the discipline has informed both his approach to life and has been the corner stone of his Kinbaku practice. Both revolve around the principles of harmony, posture and centrality. The prism of Aikido helped him to understand Japanese culture and philosophy and it was an Aikido course which led him to Japan in 2003 to spend two weeks filled with a wealth of experience and encounters.

He decided to return to Tokyo in 2004 where he dedicated 2 years to intensive study of Japanese arts and Aikido. During this time, he also explored Kinbaku from both a cultural and social perspective.

Returning to France in 2006 he used this solid knowledge-base to continue self-study. But Japan and rope called again in 2008 and he went to explore the fetish and BDSM scene of Tokyo. In this way he was introduced to Arisue Go, with whom he deepened his study of Kinbaku.

When he returned to Paris in 2010, he searched out Melanie Le Grand. Meeting Melanie as part of his personal and professional journey was to be pivotal to his artistic development.

In 2011, he spent 3 months studying massage in Thailand, building his understanding of anatomy and of the body’s biomechanics. This knowledge greatly served his Kinbaku practice by opening up a new appreciation for the body’s capacity for both movement and constriction.